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Facts and Figures

Operator STIB/MIVB
System Type Metro
Year Opened 1976
# of Lines 3
# of Cars
Mileage 32 km
Stations 59
Power 3rd Rail
Fare Media Tickets
Data Date 2008
1st Visit 3/2008
Last Visit 3/2008
% Rode 70%

Brussels Transit


 There are currently 3 metro lines in Brussels. The 1A & 1B lines share the central east-west line, the original metro route (built as a pre-metro line). One either side of the trunk route they split to serve different areas.

Line #2 serves as a partial loop around city center. Portions of which were only recently converted from pre-metro to full metro. This continues the Brussels theme of building tunnels for streetcars with eventually converting to full metro status.

According to various sources, there will be a major restructuring of metro and pre-metro services in 2009, so stay tuned...

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Bekkant station for lines 1A &1B. This is a 4 track station. Route 1A trains use the outer tracks. Trains pull in, operator changes ends to head in the opposite direction. This is unusual for metros. Hence on the 1A branch trains run left-handed, while the rest of the system run right-handed rule. (3/9/08) Brussels-Midi, the main train station. This is a 2 level station with cross platform transfers to the north-south pre-metro route, the only cross platform transfer of this type on the system. (3/9/08)
Train entering DeBrouckere station. Transfer here (via a pedestrian tunnel) to the north-south pre-metro lines. (3/9/08) Waiting for passengers at DeBrouckere. (3/9/08)
KunstWet station on the 1A/B line. (3/9/08) Train entering KunstWet, with a newer train on the other track. (3/9/08)
Street level entrance for Montgomery station, a transfer for the outer ring pre-metro, and an underground station for 2 other tram lines. (3/9/08) Train leaving Schumann station. (3/9/08)
#2 line train at Simonis (current) terminal station. (3/9/08) Route 1A's Simonis platform (3/9/08)
Brussels newest rolling stock at Stockel terminal for the 1B line. (3/9/08) Stockel station platform (3/9/08)

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